Located in West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the Hellfire Caves have a notorious history and are reputed to conceal many mysteries. They are actually a man-made network of tunnels carved out of the chalk and flint of West Wycombe Hill commissioned by Sir Francis Dashwood.
The caves and the terrible deeds that supposedly went on there were discussed at great length when I was a little girl. Mutterings of dark deeds, devil worship and debauchery were not intended for my small ears – but I heard, and I remembered! So an opportunity to visit was not to be turned down.
I felt a little disappointed when we first arrived there were just too many people making too much noise. But, as the saying goes ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ and ghostly noises sound so much better when you are deep underground. As we got further into the tunnels, much of the chatter and squeals died away, and then it began to feel a little cold and distinctly creepy. I was, however, unprepared for some of the images picked up by my camera. I would hate to be alone down there, especially if the lights went out!
The first three photographs are exactly what we saw;
The two photographs that follow have not been changed or altered in any way. The camera settings were completely untouched during our visit. These were taken in a particularly dark part of the caves, so I've no idea why they are so much brighter than all the rest.
I make no claims about what they might show – I leave that to you. Suffice to say I find them very creepy!
Terry and I didn't notice a thing while in the caves, thank goodness! We would have left in a hurry had we seen this!
The ghost hunting team from the TV programme Most Haunted carried out an over-night vigil within the caves during December 2003. They spent the night without lights and members of the team said the caves were the darkest place they had ever visited. During the night, they had many paranormal experiences, seeing orbs of light and hearing noises. Without prior knowledge of the mysterious Hellfire caves Derek Achora, the medium, felt the presence of a young girl dressed in white, and of females dressed in nuns' habits. “Ladies of the night” were said to have worn such attire to disguise themselves whilst entertaining members of the Hellfire Club in the caves.
May you have good luck on Hallowe ' en..
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween.
Me? I will be hiding under the covers!